QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY 2020 HONOURS LIST

The Governor-General has announced the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, recognising 933 Australians.

Congratulations to both Chris Bulmer from NSW and Geoff Penley from SA who were recognised for their service to the Building and Construction Industry.

Please see entire list of nominees here: www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awardsaustralian-honours-lists/queens-birthday-2020-honours-list

 

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM COMMUNIQUE – 23 APRIL 2020

Australian Government
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM COMMUNIQUE – 23 APRIL 2020
The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) met in late April to discuss the impacts of the current
COVID-19 crisis on the building and construction industry, and agree the way forward for
the design, construction and certification of complex buildings. The Australian Building
Codes Board (ABCB) updated Ministers on the key achievements with implementing the
recommendations in the Building Confidence Report.

Download Full Communique Here

 

You can find all the communiques (2014 – 2020) here.

SLASHED LICENCE FEES A BIG WIN FOR BUSINESSES

NSW Government Media Release

Slashed Licence Fees A Big Win For Businesses – Click here to download and read.

 

GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NSW ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT ORDER 2020

The New South Wales Government Gazette is the permanent public record of official NSW Government notices.

Government Gazette – NSW Environmental Planning (COVID-19 Development – Infrastructure Construction Work Days) Order 2020

JOBS BOOST THROUGH FAST-TRACKED PLANNING SYSTEM

Friday, 3 April 2020

JOBS BOOST THROUGH FAST-TRACKED PLANNING SYSTEM

The NSW Government will cut red tape and fast-track planning processes to keep people in jobs and the construction industry moving throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the construction and development sectors will be vital in keeping people in jobs and supporting the State’s economic recovery.

“We are fast-tracking assessments to keep people in jobs, boost the construction pipeline and keep our economy moving,” Mr Stokes said.

“Our economic recovery will in many ways be longer and harder than the health one and it’s essential we do everything we can now to keep our State moving forward and allow work to continue wherever possible in line with the best medical advice.”

The Planning System Acceleration Program will:

  • Create opportunities for more than 30,000 construction jobs in the next six months;
  • Fast-track assessments of State Significant Developments, rezonings and development applications (DAs), with more decisions to be made by the Minister if required;
  • Support councils and planning panels to fast-track local and regionally significant DAs;
  • Introduce a ‘one stop shop’ for industry to progress projects that may be ‘stuck in the system’;
  • Clear the current backlog of cases stuck in the Land & Environment Court with additional Acting Commissioners; and
  • Invest $70 million to co-fund vital new community infrastructure in North West Sydney including roads, drainage and public parks to unlock plans for the construction of thousands of new houses.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the property and construction industry is one of the key drivers of jobs and investment in NSW, employing one in four people in the State.

“In the past six months alone, the NSW Government has approved projects and rezonings worth more than $15 billion and created more than 24,000 jobs across the State – that trend must continue as we move through this crisis,” Mr Perrottet said.

Mr Stokes said the planning system would undergo further reform to ensure it enables economic growth once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

“This will pass and when it does, the planning system will be ready to continue driving economic productivity across the State,” Mr Stokes said.

Further details of additional reforms will be released in the coming weeks.

MEDIA: Trevor Seymour | Treasurer | 0427 253 927

Jessica Reid | Minister Stokes | 0429 369 565

CONSTRUCTION HOURS EXTENDED TO SUPPORT INDUSTRY DURING COVID-19

NSW Government MEDIA RELEASE 02 April 2020

Rob Stokes Minister for Planning and Pubic Spaces

Construction sites can now operate on weekends and public holidays under new rules introduced today by the NSW Government to support the industry during the COVID – 19 pandemic.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the move allows workers to abide by social distancing rules while keeping construction projects progressing by allowing building work to be spread across more days of the week.

“The construction and development sectors, which make up almost 10 per cent of NSW’s economy, will be vital in keeping people in jobs and keeping investment flowing over the coming weeks and months,” Mr Stokes said.

“We’re doing what we can to support the industry in line with the current medical advice by extending weekday construction site operating hours to weekends and public holidays.

“The extended hours allow the industry to facilitate social distancing on construction sites, while minimising the potential for lost productivity during the pandemic.”

The Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development Construction Work Days) Order 2020 is now in place and will continue until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, or the advice of NSW Health changes.

“In NSW there are almost 400,000 people employed in the property and construction industry and we are committed to doing everything we can to keep each of them in work, but most importantly, to keep them safe and healthy,” Mr Stokes said.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 was amended on 24 March to enable Mr Stokes to issue orders that override normal planning controls during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health, safety and welfare of communities.

Compliance with this Order will be monitored and reviewed if there any adverse impacts on the community or from a public health perspective.

MEDIA: Jessica Reid | 0429 369 565

Download Media Release here. 

NEW JOBS HUB HIGHLIGHTING JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIANS

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS, SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

2 April 2020

NEW JOBS HUB HIGHLIGHTING JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIANS

The Government has today launched a new Jobs Hub which highlights which businesses and organisations have multiple jobs on offer.

In this rapidly changing jobs market the Morrison Government is supporting businesses and those Australians looking for work.

An up to date list of a selection of businesses and organisations that are currently hiring, and how to contact them, can be found at: www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/jobs-hub

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the Government was continuing to do everything it could to keep Australians connected to the workforce at this time.

“These are critical jobs that will contribute to keeping the economy going and keeping as many Australians in work as possible,” she said.

While many businesses have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and are reducing their workforces, there are some areas of the economy which have an increased demand for workers.

These include jobs in a range of sectors and occupations including health and care sectors, transport and logistics, some areas of retail, mining and mining services, manufacturing, agriculture and government sectors, among others.

“Every Australian with a job is an essential worker. I continue to work with employers, industry peak organisations, employment services providers and others in the labour market to identify where the jobs are and help move people looking for work into these jobs quickly.”

Employers who are hiring and want support to connect with potential candidates can also contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment at workforce@dese.gov.au to be connected directly with businesses reducing their workforces; and the employment services network to source suitable candidates.

“If you are hiring, particularly scaling up your workforce quickly, I encourage you to email our Workforce Contact Centre so you can be connected with the support you need to get your workforce on board.

“Our Employer Response Unit can work with you to identify the best option to source suitable candidates, and help you with your recruitment to make it as smooth as possible so you can get on with delivering essential services in this difficult time.”

MEDIA CONTACTS

Guy Creighton – Guy.Creighton@employment.gov.au – 0438 815 302 Brittany Higgins – Brittany.higgins@employment.gov.au – 0449 171 294

LAUNCH OF NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE SOCIAL DISTANCING ON BUILDING SITES

Media Release – Master Builders

01 April 2020

A national advertising campaign has been launched to promote social distancing and strict hygiene on the nation’s building sites.

Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said the campaign would run for the next four weeks and was targeted to everyone working in the building and construction sector because everyone has a responsibility to ensure that social distancing and good hygiene are being practiced.

“Business owners, employers, construction workers, subcontractors, site managers – everyone must be accountable for social distancing and strict hygiene not only on building sites but also off site when on breaks and before and after shifts,” she said.

“As an essential industry it’s vital to the community and the economy that in this extraordinarily difficult time we can continue building and construction work to provide the livelihoods of 1 in 10 Australians and to support the viability of nearly 400,000 small businesses,” Denita Wawn said.

“It’s important that the health and wellbeing of everyone in our industry and community remains our top priority which is why the industry is continuing to embed social distancing and strict hygiene practices on site. It’s also why we have joined forces with the CFMEU and the AWU to promote an even stronger safety culture as our industry and our community faces the Covid-19 crisis,” she said.

“However, we do recognise the substantial cultural change that we are asking everyone in our industry to make. Everyone including workers, subcontractors and management are used to completing building projects as efficiently as possible. Social distancing is slowing work down, but slower work is better than no work and that is why we are asking everyone in our industry to step up and be accountable for doing the right thing to keep each other and the community safe,” Denita Wawn said.

“There are 1.2 million people and nearly 400,000 small businesses in communities around Australia that go to work every day in our industry which provides the most full time jobs and is made up of the most SMEs than any other sector in the economy. That is why we have launched this campaign,” Denita Wawn said.

 

For more information contact:

Ben Carter, National Director, Media & Public Affairs, 0447 775 507